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Putnam County man gets probation for buying stolen government diesel fuel

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A 60-year-old Putnam County man will serve 24 months of probation for buying hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel stolen from a West Virginia National Guard base.

Charles Raymond Franklin of Red House pleaded guilty in October 2013 to receiving stolen government property during a 10-month period beginning in May 2012, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

The stolen fuel belonged to the Naval Special Warfare Command, a component of the U.S. Navy that commands, trains, equips and deploys squadrons to support naval operations around the world. NSWC had contracted with the National Guard to store and maintain equipment, including diesel fuel, for its Special Warfare Ops Stock Program.

Franklin purchased more than $14,000 worth of the stolen diesel fuel from Matthew Brock, a National Guard contract employee, at a fraction of its market value, Goodwin said.

Brock previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years probation for stealing the fuel from his employer, Goodwin said.

The theft was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blaire Malkin prosecuted the duo.

Franklin was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.